America · Ask Tara · Lifestyle

How To Heat An Apartment In Winter

I am always cold! What do I do? As the weather gets cooler and then turns to cold, I start figuring out what needs to be done to keep myself cosy and comfortable at home. What needs to be brought out from storage? What needs cleaning and when to weather strip my windows ( some… Continue reading How To Heat An Apartment In Winter

America · Immigrant stories

Fall Guide For A New Comer

As I started to feel more and more at home¬† in the United States, I realized that it had was because of my familiarity with the seasons. Getting used to seasons is not just about getting used to the hot and cold weather nor the erratic weather that comes in between. For me, it’s about… Continue reading Fall Guide For A New Comer

Travel

A Few Hours In Sacramento

I spent only a few hours in Sacramento and despite all the history, museums and government buildings, I decided to simply wander around some of the streets in historic Sacramento and peek into some shopping and residential areas of the city. I like to get the feel of the city and going to see ‘sights,’… Continue reading A Few Hours In Sacramento

Art and Crafts

An Artist Without A Signature

I have no training in art, I trained in Math cause I thought that was smart. I guess alls well it played it’s part, It helped me come to NYC for a fresh start. I taught in a school and had no time to learn, weather it was art, lifestyles of about trees and ferns.… Continue reading An Artist Without A Signature

Immigrant stories · Lifestyle

Birthday Shopping & Perks

It’s My Birthday-I’ll Be Ignorant If I Want! As I am growing older, I have been losing touch with a lot of my friends, letting go family contacts and that has basically caused one huge problem in my adult life. My birthday wishes, gifts and cards have dwindled to almost negligent. I really have only… Continue reading Birthday Shopping & Perks

Travel

Artists, Musicians, Hikers, Craftsmen & Foodies Are Home – Asheville, NC

Amidst the green mountains, just off the interstate in North Carolina, lies Asheville – a city that has tons of arts, culture and food, all packed into the small area that makes the city’s vibrant downtown. It’s a place where people celebrate the colors in clothes, the sounds in music and the taste in food/drinks.… Continue reading Artists, Musicians, Hikers, Craftsmen & Foodies Are Home – Asheville, NC

Immigrant stories

Dependent In An Independent Country

I have been wondering what is the best way to put this out there. And then I read Kriss Carr’s, “Crazy Sexy Love Notes,” which basically said I should tell the truth. Not that I was planning on lying, but this just gave me the push I wanted. I moved to New York, to America… Continue reading Dependent In An Independent Country

Art and Crafts

Art (in New York) Today

I went to an installation of LED lights at the New Museum. This is Art. I saw paintings of horizontal lines painted across a canvas.¬†This too is art. I saw painting made of short brush strokes. This is also art. I grew up in a time when paintings and sculptures were considered art. I have… Continue reading Art (in New York) Today

Lifestyle

Holiday Gifting

During the holidays, people often ask me if they must give “something” to their daughter’s teachers, the doorman or the garbageman. If so, how much is appropriate is always the next question. To me, as a teacher, fresh of the boat, back in 2011, I was appreciative of all the “help” I got during the… Continue reading Holiday Gifting

America

On Clear Days You Freeze!

In Fall and spring, I have a continue gripe about not knowing what the weather is going to be on a certain day. One day it’s a balmy 70 degrees (21 C) and the next it’s a crazy 40 (4.5 degree C). One day it’s gloomy as hell and the next it’s bright an sunny.… Continue reading On Clear Days You Freeze!